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Pepsi or Coke? Let’s Settle this Debate




“This is the account of Terah’s family. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot. But Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, the land of his birth, while his father, Terah, was still living. Meanwhile, Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah. (Milcah and her sister Iscah were daughters of Nahor’s brother Haran.) But Sarai was unable to become pregnant and had no children.


One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai (his son Abram’s wife), and his grandson Lot (his son Haran’s child) and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there. Terah lived for 205 years and died while still in Haran.” Genesis 11:27-32 (NLT)


Is Pepsi ok?


When we get hit with this simple question at a restaurant, we get that feeling of disappointment and have to be ok with Pepsi when we really wanted a Coke.


Have you ever thought that’s how God sees our lives and calling? Maybe He’s calling us to do more than what we’re doing but we are just settling for Pepsi.


This passage in Genesis tells of the short account of Terah, Abraham’s father. He felt a calling to leave his hometown of Ur of the Chaldeans but settled in Haran, instead of going all the way to Canaan.


It seems like Terah could have taken the next step but settled for being better than his previous generation instead of going all the way towards God.


Are you currently living with your partner because you think it’s good enough when God is calling you to marry? Are you saying graduating high school is good enough because at least it’s better than my parents? Are you ok with not going to therapy because you’re not in severe crisis but still have unresolved issues to deal with?


Being just ok isn’t ok. Don’t settle for where you are because it’s where you are right now. Good enough may not be what God has as enough for you.


Two quick thoughts:


  1. Know your calling


Terah recognized his calling in his life early on. You have a calling and God is moving in your life in some way. Make sure you navigate that calling and go after it with all you have.


2. Ask yourself what is your Haran?


We are all settling for something. We are not pursuing everything that God has in some way. It could be in our career, schooling, family history, self-image, whatever. Ask yourself (or ask the Holy Spirit to clarify) what am I settling for instead of following God fully. What am I not putting fully in the hands of the Lord? Whatever it may be, I pray that God reveals it and gets you all the way to Canaan.


-Pastor Ken

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